Tuesday, December 03, 2013
During the holiday season, I often find myself visiting, in my memory, with loved ones lost.
I had a remarkable childhood, as I came to understand more fully while writing the family history for my grandchildren.
My childhood home was way out in the country. While I was ages 12 to 18, I attended school in the nearest town, and the school bus dropped me at our gate around 4:45 each afternoon. In Wyoming, where I spent my early years, the winter temperatures often stayed below freezing all day. It was dark before I got home.
With my boots crunching in the snow, I trudged up the long drive to the brightly-lit house. Mother would be in the kitchen, and the tea kettle would be whistling. She would pour us each a cup of tea, using her little strainer to catch the leaves. She would put some bread-and-butter or a few cookies on a plate. We would sit in front of the fireplace in the living room and sip and discuss our activities of the day. I learned very young, that I had better have something more interesting than, "Nothing" to report about my day at school!
How precious those few daily moments were! The closeness of two ladies with our tea.
Then I would delve into my school work, and Mother would start cooking dinner. My brother would come in from the barn and Daddy would return from his job at the railroad. We would be just another busy family with our evening duties.
I'm alone now, living in the Sunny Southwest where I seldom see snow or a freezing day.
I order fancy teas from the internet, and rarely eat cookies. Still, I always sit down in the late afternoon with a cup of tea.
Mother, I dedicate this mug to you!
Saturday, November 23, 2013
For years, I wouldn't eat sweet potatoes. With all the marshmallow, butter and sugar, they were just "YUCKY!"
Then I found this recipe, and discovered that sweet potatoes could be delicious (and healthful, too!)
four sweet potatoes (about 4 pounds)
four apples (about 1.5 pounds) cooking apples like Granny Smith or Rome Beauty are best
1/2 cup pecan halves or pieces
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into round slices about 1/2 inch thick. Peel the apples, core and cut into rings or slices about 1/2 inch thick.
Layer all ingredients in a casserole or baking pan...potato, apple, sprinkling of nuts, sprinkling of nutmeg, and repeat.
Put on the lid or cover tightly with foil. Place in a preheated oven. Bake at 350 for 45 to 60 minutes.
Makes 12 servings. These reheat easily in a microwave, too.
Now I eat sweet potatoes often! "YUM!"
Monday, November 11, 2013
This has been the weirdest!
I woke up early and got my workout done... but...
I forgot to turn off my alarm, so when I opened the door to go out to the garden...EEK!
How fast can an old lady sprint from the back door to the front? Not fast enough!
90 decibels of siren...the neighbors had to wake up early, too, thanks to me!
Then as I walked past the brush pile, I somehow managed to stumble and fall into it. A dozen birds were suddenly chased out of their home into the frosty dawn! And it was sort of a struggle to get back to my feet.
I settled down with my newspaper and mug of tea...then sneezed, and tea came out my nose.
That made three incidents! ENOUGH!!
I finally managed to get the house cleaned and shop for the card party.
Maybe all my bad luck has been used and I will WIN!!!
Friday, November 08, 2013
My friend doesn't wear glasses. She probably should. She's very proud of the fact she doesn't wear glasses, even though she has a teenaged daughter.
Recently, she was vacuuming her daughter's room. She found two mysterious tablets under the edge of the bed. That is enough to terrify a mother! Perhaps her daughter was involved with DRUGS!!
Rather than make an emotional accusation, and cause her daughter feel distrusted, mother decided to take the tablets to the local pharmacist and have them identified. She put the tablets in an envelope, hurried to her car and drove downtown.
"Can you identify these tablets?" she asked the pharmacist?
He looked at the tablets carefully, peered over his glasses at the worried mother, and looked at them again.
"Well, Madam," he said, "one is an M&M and the other is a Tic-Tac!"
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